Since my last post on integrating your OrgSync calendar was an unexpected success, I thought I’d pass along another tip I’ve discovered recently.
One of the things my coworkers have wished they could do with OrgSync has to do with officer applications and interviews. Right now, OrgSync makes it really easy to make an application but if your process also involves interviews, there’s no way to have people schedule their interview time as part of their application.
One of my favorite productivity tools is a site called Calendly. While they do have paid versions, I’ve found the free version to be more than sufficient for my current needs. If you’re looking for a way to get your applications and interview scheduling all in one place, this may be a solution for you!
There’s a few different ways to do this, but this is by far the best looking and most user-friendly experience of any service I’ve seen. If you get stuck on one of the steps below, go ahead and leave me a comment at the bottom of the page. I’ll respond and try to help as much as I can!
What you’ll need:
- A Google account (any gmail account works perfectly, though if you’re on a campus that uses google apps you can use that account as well!)
- Ability to make/edit forms on OrgSync
- About 30 minutes (though if you’re mildly tech savvy you may be able to do this quicker)
- I’ll provide the code you’ll need, you’ll just need to replace the links with your own
Here’s where the magic happens. At the bottom of your form, after all the questions and things you’ve already created add a new text block. Click the “Source button. Paste the link you copied from Calendly over any text in the box. Add an https:// before the beginning of the link. Press return twice to go to a new line.
Type the following code and paste it into the source box (wordpress won’t allow me to post HTML code snippets… sorry!). Be sure to add a space between where the line breaks are located:
Your box should look something like this one below:
Now, highlight the link at the top cut/paste it to replace the INSERT LINK HERE” part of the code. It should now look something like this:
If you want to add any text above or below the scheduling box, simply type it before the beginning of the code and hit return to put the code on it’s own line (or at the end of the code on a new line). I would recommend adding text above the box explaining that the widget below is for scheduling an interview time and some text afterwards to tell them to click the green “continue” button to submit the form.
Hit the green DONE button. Look how pretty it is! If everything is right it should look something like this in the form editor:
The scheduler is fully responsive and will adjust beautifully to any size screen, including mobile. If you authorized Calendly to post to your calendar, it should automatically add any interviews scheduled to your google calendar. If that’s not working, you can log back into your calendly account and it will show any scheduled appointments. You can go back and adjust the interview times or slots if you need to add more or change it for a different interview process.
What do you think? Is this helpful to you? Questions? Let me know in the comments below!
I’m a complete nerd for efficiency, to the point that it’s probably annoying to some people (sorry co-workers). I’ve been this way since I was a kid, just ask my parents.
Since I began my job as the Coordinator of Student Organizations at the University of Central Arkansas one process that has been occasionally frustrating has been the event registration process. Let me outline our current process for you:
- If a student is registering a non-social event (such as a general meeting or service project) they simply create the event with their portal. There are no forms or approval required. If the want to share that event on the umbrella or community calendar an event approval request is sent to our office.
- If the event being registered is a social event (such as a mixer or a party) than they must first email campus police for their approval and to make arrangements if an officer needs to be present. Then they fill out an event registration form (within the forms module in the umbrella) to register their event with our office. After submitting that form, they create an event with their organization’s portal and request to share it on the umbrella calendar so that our office receives a notification to look at the event within their portal.
- Scheduling a space for either of the scenarios above is it’s own ordeal. If they want a room in the student center, the organization president or advisor must schedule the room online using the virtual EMS software. If they want to schedule any other space on campus, they need to track down and contact the building administrator for their approval. The conference center scheduling office has graciously helped to try and centralize the process in doing the contacting of building administrators for the students but that uses a different form on OrgSync.
- All events that organizations create within their portal will require approval from the student life office instead of being automatically approved by the system.
- When an organization goes to create an event they will be required to fill out a registration form for all events (not just social events). This form will be part of the event creation process and attached to the event itself, instead of being housed separately outside of the events module.
One of the most frustrating things for anyone who helps manage student groups is finding a way to centralize your calendars. Often, your campus website will have one calendar but scheduling and your student website may have another. While it may not be possible to eliminate having to put your events into one exclusive calendar, you can make it so you have less to update.
If you’re reading this post, your probably already using OrgSync on your campus for your student organizations. If you (or any organization) are using the Events module in OrgSync you can have this calendar feed to multiple locations, so that as you update details, times and locations within OrgSync it will auto-update the calendar in other locations.
Placing your Calendar as a Tab on your Organizations Facebook Page
|In new browser window or tab, open Facebook and search for “Static HTML: iframe tabs” at the top
(or simply click here)
Click the big blue button that says “Add Static HTML to a Page
|Select your organization’s page from the drop down menu and then click the “Add Page to Tab” button|
|After you add the app to your page, you will be redirected to your personal timeline. Navigate to your organization’s Facebook page on the left side menu. Your page should look something like the one above.|
|Hover over the “More” menu option and click “Manage Tabs”|
|The “Welcome” app should be at the bottom of your list. Simply click and drag it to the top of your list underneath the “about” tab. Then click the “Add or Remove Tabs” link at the bottom.|
|Huzzah! The new events app is now correctly placed and titled on your page. Now you just need to add the embedded OrgSync calendar!|
|Click on “Upcoming Events” and then the green “Edit tab” button. Keep this window/tab open for the moment.
|In a new browser window/tab, navigate to your organization’s calendar module. Click the “Subscribe” button on the left hand side.|
|In the window that pops up, copy the embed code from the bottom box. Navigate back to the Facebook window/tab you left open in the previous step.
|Paste the embed code you copied from OrgSync in the large “index.html” box and click the blue “Save & Publish” link and then the “Done editing” button on the upper left-hand corner.
(note, if you want your calendar to default to the events list view rather than the calendar view, add ?view=upcoming at the end of the URL in the embed code. For example https://orgsync.com … /calendar/iframe?view=upcoming)
You’re done! Congrats! Now your OrgSync calendars are embedded on your Facebook page! If you kept it as the calendar view, your tab should look something like the first image below. If you added the code snippet to make it show the events list view, it should look like the second image below.
Few memories are engraved in my mind like those of September 11, 2001. I’m sure anyone around my age and older probably had a similar experience to mine. It’s one of those collective consciousness things that instantly united us in grief as friends, family strangers and humans.
Came across this article posted by NPR today. Interesting read for sure. Ii’m intrigued by the idea behind this, but wonder if these classes would only be treating symptoms of a larger problem. Not only do people seem to have bad social media etiquette, but it it seems like general social etiquette as a whole is lacking.
For my artifact, I decided to do a couple of bus skins highlighting the existence of the zoo we chose to work with. With the zoo being located in Moapa, NV and knowing that many local students didn’t know of its existence we decided that our target audience would be men and women age 18-26 located in the Southern Utah area.
Politics. It’s such a dirty word among people right now. People don’t like politics; they try to avoid it as much as possible. It used to be that you could tune politics out; simply ignore it and pretend it doesn’t apply to you.
A new movement recently started here in Utah, the “Count My Vote” initiative. In brief, this movement aims to switch Utah’s current primary election system from a Caucus system (where chosen delegates cast votes in a primary election) to a direct vote primary (where every participant has a vote in the primary election). Many other states have a direct primary, so this is nothing new or groundbreaking. The timing of this initiative, however, is rather curious. Why now? Why has this not come up in the past? According to a study cited by Count My Vote on their website, Utah’s voting turnout in elections has dropped sharply from 76% to 39% in 2012, ranking the state #39 in voter turnout.
Usage of social media has increased exponentially over the past few years. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, 72% of adults are social network users (see the full report here).
But what does this mean, and how does it relate to the Count My Vote movement?
One principle of social networking that always seems to keep reoccurring is the idea of one being their own personal gatekeeper to surround oneself with views affirming their own. This principle is highlighted extremely well in any political discussion you can see on Facebook, with at least two clear camps in opposition to each other duking it out through their keyboards. The end result? People can now feel like they have a voice; an opinion (albeit sometimes absurd). What happens now that people have all of these opinions and passions about current issues? They want to be the decision makers; the influencers. And that idea lies at the heart of the Count My Vote initiative. You don’t want someone else, who may or may not share your same viewpoint voting for the people who represent you. You want that vote, and ultimately that decision.
Obviously, the impact of this event has implications in a few different contexts. First (and most obviously) within the social context. Voting and primary system in Utah is something that has been happening in our society for a long time. With the way people
Culturally, this has been an interesting movement. Just because of its nature, being an petition-based movement it has a very grass-roots feel to it. Social networking has been incredibly important to it’s progress. I first heard about this movement through a blog post that was linked to on my friends Facebook wall. The discussion, according to my experience has mainly been happening online. There is discussion that happens face to face, but most of the time people will steer clear of any situation where it looks like someone is going to talk politics (like a group of people wanting signatures for a petition). Online, however you can say whatever you want, leave out any details you want and ignore anyone you want. This discussion that happens is very much a form of citizen journalism. Many people have heard of the movement from the news, but a whole lot more is being said by people outside of traditional news media through the blogs and Facebook/Twitter posts.
My view? I think this movement has some merit behind it. Reforming Utah’s system to a direct primary would definitely have many implications, but we wouldn’t be the first to do so. In our day and age, political candidates have much easier means to connect with people one on one, even if its not face to face. I can see the reasoning as to why we had delegates vote for us in the past; it would have been impossible for candidates to broadcast their message that far and wide. But today I can send a tweet to my state representatives and have a response back; I can look up their voting history online to see if I agree with their views. So much information is out there now that I feel confident enough I could make an educated, direct vote about who I want to represent me, instead of letting someone else do it for me. After all, if I’m going to post about who I want in office anyway on Facebook, it might as well count in real life too.
Well… Can’t believe that we’re to this point in the semester already.
Here’s my evaluation of the Facebook page I managed this semester. I will continue to manage it throughout the next semester too, so hopefully I’ll be able to apply some of the things I’ve learned in hindsight this semester.
First off, the theme. That was the first thing I tackled when I gained control of this page. My goal was to modernize it, show the logo and give it a warmer and more inviting feel.
I thought about other social networking apps I could use to further the reach of the campaign, but ultimately decided to stay with my original thought and keep Facebook as the primary online presence for this business.
I have some other graphics that I plan on using for the cover photo, but didn’t see a need to change it frequently yet. When we get closer to the end of the year there will be a larger push from the management to do more, but because they are full they were hesitant to do too much recruiting right now.
I think that the theme of this page with the bright red logo and nicely framed cover photo have done a lot to legitimize the presence of the brand I tried to create. I would have liked to see a little more variation in the cover photo (as I stated), but hope to work on that over the semester break and into next year.
My tactic of posting photos seemed to work really well in terms of engaging people. A handful of likes came from the class, but a lot of the 25+ increase in likes came from people engaging on the photos uploaded. I was able to get some really nice photos from a photographer the mangers commissioned to update the photos. These proved invaluable for engagement, often doubling the reach of the page. I wanted to post some things about resident life, but to be completely honest, there wasn’t much going on the past few months. The closest I got to that tactic was posting construction progress of the new pool/hot tub area at the new complex.
Here’s a quick look at the metrics from the beginning of September until the beginning of December:
|Total Page “Likes”|
|Days the “Likes” increased|
|What kind of post resonated most with my audience|
|Most Successful Post|
|All Posts Since I took over the page|